NV Guiraud Imperial Set (1996/1998/2002)
Sauternes Blend - 187ML
  • WA 91
  • IWC 91

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Reg: $69.94

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WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 1999
<strong>1996 Guiraud</strong> One of the stars of the vintage for Sauternes the 1996 Guiraud offers a sumptuous nose of tangerine fruit intermixed with caramel and buttered corn. The wine displays a deep... <strong>1996 Guiraud</strong> One of the stars of the vintage for Sauternes the 1996 Guiraud offers a sumptuous nose of tangerine fruit intermixed with caramel and buttered corn. The wine displays a deep golden color and striking flavors of Chinese black tea marmalade honey and citrus. The powerful yet elegant flavors remain in the mouth for a significant period of time. While this wine is traditionally a blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Xavier Plantey the estate's manager told me that there is nearly 45% Sauvignon Blanc in the final blend of the 1996. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2025.
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2005
<strong>2002 Guiraud</strong> Full medium yellow. Pineapple and sexy barrel notes on the nose. Big rich dense and powerful with penetratingflavors of pineapple and ripe yellow peach. Shows a hint of... <strong>2002 Guiraud</strong> Full medium yellow. Pineapple and sexy barrel notes on the nose. Big rich dense and powerful with penetratingflavors of pineapple and ripe yellow peach. Shows a hint of sauvignon pungency without going at all herbaceous. Firmly built and long. An impressively fat and young 2002 that should age well.
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 9998

Winery

Guiraud

Chateau Guiraud is in the Sauternes appellation of Bordeaux. Originally known as the "Noble House of Bayle", it got its present name from Pierre Guiraud, a Bordeaux merchant who bought the property in 1766. In 1855, it was classified a Premier Grand Cru de Sauternes.

Chateau Guiraud extends over 128 hectares. 85 hectares are planted with Semillon (65%) and Sauvignon Blanc (35%) on a mixture of sandy gravel, clay, marl and limestone soil. The average age of the vines is 35-40 years. Harvest is done by hand in successive waves through the vineyard, picking only Botrytised berries. A minimum potential alcohol must be reached before the grapes are fermented in new oak barrels over three weeks to two months. The wine is then aged in barrels for at least 24 months before bottling.

Chateau Guiraud also produces a second wine, Petit Guiraud, a livelier and fresher version made from young vines, and a dry white wine made of ripe but not non-Botrytis grapes called G de Chateau Guiraud.